Sally Lieber spoke on Human Trafficking

DFALink Meeting Monday, April 13, 2015

Program: Sally Lieber spoke on Human Trafficking.



Wildflower Walk Fundraiser a big success

IMG_2534The wildflower walk was a great success.  Attendees saw dozens of species, all cataloged by the guides, and experienced a pleasant day in our County Parks.  The event raised more than $500 for the Club.  As a bonus, the Club gained several new members.  Now, that’s an event!


Delight in and learn a bit 
about our beautiful native spring wildflowers
 (and more!) 
at a local wildflower preserve 
on a walk led by experienced docents.

Space is limited, RSVP is essential:

Meet Sunday, March 22, 2015, 10 AM sharp at:

531 Alger Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94306

We’ll leave for the preserve promptly at 10:15 AM.

Expect about an hour and a half of easy walking.

This event is a BENEFIT for the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley.

$20 for Members, $25 for non-Members

Heavy rain cancels; wear walking/hiking shoes, sunscreen, sun hat; binoculars if you like; bring water

San Jose City Council District 4 endorsement

OrozcoAt our business meeting of 2/23/15, the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley voted to give a sole endorsement to Tim Orozco for San Jose City Council District 4.

Thank you to all the candidates who participated in our endorsement process. We appreciate the time and effort you have expended.

Visit Tim’s Facebook page.

Dean Club Goals and Task Forces for 2015

In January, members voted to set our goals and form task forces for the year. Task forces will further prioritize what they’ll work on. Sign up for a task force at any of our meetings!

  1. Good government (41 votes) pass DISCLOSE Act, anti-corruption act; remove safe harbor, overturn top-two primary, more
  2. Economic justice (35 votes) reduce college tuition, get student loan refinance bill, more
  3. Environment (34 votes) county anti-fracking measure, keep out oil trains, hold firm on Palo Alto composting, work against climate change, protect Clean Air & Water Act
  4. Criminal justice (17 votes) Homeless Bill of Rights; work to eliminate criminal Grand Jury system; invite LaDoris Cordell to speak, more
  5. Club building (13 votes) raise $7500, increase paid membership by 50; Facebook to 500+, use MeetUp to reach younger activists
  6. Candidates/Campaigns (12 votes) work with Renteria & Eggman campaigns for 2016; DFA club & voter reg in Eggman’s district, recruit progressive women to run, more
  7. Outreach (10 votes) increase relationship with Working Partnerships, invite Derecka Mehrens to speak, consider meeting days so we don’t conflict with other clubs

What do you want to get involved in?

Dean Club Members in the CDP

CONGRATULATIONS to our members who won seats on

the California Democratic Party Central Committee!

AD24 Winners: Elspeth Farmer (top female vote-getter), Margaret Okuzumi, *Lorri Holtzberg, Jackie Wheeler; Jim Griffith (top vote-getter), *Lucas Ramirez, *Andrew Heaton, Otto Lee

AD24 executive board rep: *Steve Chessin

AD28 Winner: John Comiskey

(* non-primary Dean Club members)
Note that at least 4 other members (Marcene van Dierendonck, Emilie Gatfield, Jill Chesler, and Swanee Edwards) are going as county central committee reps, appointed delegates, etc.

DFA summit Saturday, April 11, 2015

DFA logoThe turnout was tremendous, and the discussion lively and informative, at the DFA Summit in Redwood City.  More than 100 DFA followers gathered from all over Northern California to discuss priorities and propose actions for 2015 and 2016.  Many thanks to the organizers and volunteers who made this DFA Summit work!


Please, join:

Latinos for America
Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley
San Mateo County Democracy for America
San Francisco for Democracy
DFA Marin

For the DFA Bay Area Summit on Economic Justice

When: Saturday, April 11, 9:30am to 4:30pm
Where: Woodside Road United Methodist Church, Watters Hall
2000 Woodside Rd. Redwood City, CA 94061

There is a suggested donation of $5 in advance, or $10 at the door. Please, preregister at: